• In biology, modularity refers to the concept that organisms or metabolic pathways are composed of modules.
  • In nature, modularity refers to the construction of a cellular organism by joining together standardized units to form larger compositions, as for example, the hexagonal cells in a honeycomb.
  • In the study of networks, modularity (networks) is a benefit function that measures the quality of a division of a network into groups or communities.
  • In ecology, modularity is considered a key factor – along with diversity and feedback – in supporting resilience.
  • In cognitive science, the modularity of mind refers to the idea that the mind is composed of independent, closed, domain-specific processing modules.
    • Specifically, see visual modularity, for an article relating to the various putative visual modules.
    • Specifically, see language module, for an article relating to the putative language module.
  • In industrial design, modularity refers to an engineering technique that builds larger systems by combining smaller subsystems.
  • In manufacturing, modularity refers to the use of exchangeable parts or options in the fabrication of an object.
  • In modular programming, modularity refers to the compartmentalization and inter-relation of the parts of a software package.
  • In contemporary art and architecture, modularity can refer to the construction of an object by joining together standardized units to form larger compositions, and/or to the use of a module as a standardized unit of measurement and proportion.

The above quote is a selection of a larger work to illustrate the application of modularity to modern thought. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module


Modularity on Wikipedia

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